Bad Kids go to Hell #1 – Review

Posted on July 11, 2009


Issue: Bad Kids go to Hell #1
Writers: Matt Spradlin and Barry “Bazza” Wernick
Characters and Story Creation: Matt Spradlin and Barry “Bazza” Wernick
Pencils and Inks: Anthony Vargas
Colors: A.P. Colors
Letters: Lamar Pye
Publisher: Antarctic Press
Release Date: July 2009
Pages: 48
Price: $3.50

“The Breakfast Club meets The Grudge in this sexy, dark comedy-thriller mini-series. A construction crew discovers a primal supernatural force when they break ground for a new commemorative library for Crestview Academy, a prestigious Midwestern prep school and home to the spoiled offspring of the city’s social elite. Three years later, six of Crestview’s richest (and hottest) students are brought together for detention inside the library. Bored, the kids goad one another into a half-hearted seance, only the joke turns deadly when they rouse an angry spirit – and start to die one by one in horrible accidents

The Breakfast Club meets the Grudge sure seems spot on as a description for this series. This issue is a nice introduction into these kids world as you learn they are nothing but the spoiled brats and I can’t wait for some to get knocked off. Great artwork and a “killer” story are found within these pages and this issue leaves you wanting more.

Artwork: 4.2 out of 5
I really liked the artwork in this book. I think Vargas did a great job keeping everything consistent. The panels were nicely done and easy to follow. On page 27 there is one bad ass looking ghost too. The style really reminds me of Eric Battles work over at Dable Brothers (Wild Cards) and I love his style too. I can not wait to see what kind of monsters he has in store. Awesome job on this issue.

Story: 4.0 out of 5
So I will admit I hate The Breakfast Club. So for a book to kind travel down the same story lines of kids stuck in detention I was a bit apprehensive at first. The writers though really grabbed my attention and held it throughout the issue. They did a great job setting up the story in this issue. Explaining why the school is haunted, who the kids are and giving hints as to what we can expect. This is a first issue done right.

Dying Breath: 4.2 out of 5
Overall I highly enjoyed this book. The art is spot on from panel to panel and the story is entertaining. Whats in store for the kids is up in the air but I know it will be an awesome mini series already. If they are going to use the Breakfast Club comparison then this is the one I would rather be entertained by. Plus 48 pages at $3.50, why are you not picking this one up?

Bad Kids go to Hell #1 has already sold out. So go to your comic shop and see if they still have a copy. If they don’t have it make them order it so a second printing can get into the works!

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